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Showing posts from December, 2013

Celebrating Red Hook Youth Court's Graduation and Induction Ceremony

Staff, family and friends all joined the Red Hook Youth Court at their Graduation and Induction Ceremony. The ceremony was opened by the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s Director, Julian Adler, who gave the graduates and inductees a few words of wisdom that they can use in youth court, but also apply to their daily lives.

A total number of 14 Youth Court members graduated, while 9 trainees were sworn in and inducted by Community Affairs Officer, Vincent Marrone of the 76th Precinct.  Seven of the Youth Court graduates are high school seniors and are on track to begin college in the Fall of 2014. Members and staff of the Red Hook Youth Court are looking forward to the New Year, as they will continue to learn, serve the community, help their peers, and practice restorative justice.

You can learn more about the Red Hook Youth Court here:

Julian Adler, Director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

Red Hook Youth Court Graduates and staff

De Blasio announces Bratton as next NYPD Police Commissioner at the Red Hook Community Justice Center

Stating that the Red Hook Community Justice Center "epitomizes" the way to fight crime along with the community, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio announced Bill Bratton as the city's next police commissioner. By holding the announcement as the Justice Center, de Blasio emphasized that "we can fight crime and bring police and community together." Mr. Bratton stated that, as police commissioner he will bring "legitimacy and trust" to the NYPD", and "if we get it right here, we can be a beacon of light for the rest of the world."

You can see the full press conference here:

Jessica Colon
Deputy Project Director

Red Hook Youth Court Partners with the United States Attorney's Office Eastern District of New York

The Red Hook Youth Court has developed a partnership with the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District. It all began when they visited the Red Hook Community Justice Center and viewed youth court in the Spring, and from there a relationship was built. Over the summer, the Red Hook Youth Court members visited the U.S. Attorney’s Offices where they were able to observe a sentencing hearing and meet with Judge Gleeson.

Most recently, the U.S. Attorney's Office has partnered with us yet again, and have been so graciously assisting us with facilitating training sessions for our new class of trainees, focusing on topics such as: public speaking, court roles, and writing opening and closing statements. This is extremely important for the growth of our members and trainees because they get to be trained by professionals in the actual law field. Gleacy Mejia,
Youth Court Program Assistant
Youth Court Members with Attorney's from the US Attorney's Office Eastern District